Your home is your castle, your fortress, or whatever other expression you choose, but it is nonetheless riddled with danger.

A cynic would say that there is risk everywhere, and that would be true in a lot of cases, but there are ways of keeping things safe and secure.

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Most accidents actually occur at home.

The home is the location where an accident is most likely to occur, and each year more than 5,000 people die as a result of one.

Currently our A&E departments deal with 2.7 million people annually, so it is crucial for safety and to alleviate the burden on the NHS to ensure that homes are as safe as possible by lessening the chances of accidents occurring.

Common hazards

The dangers of fire and gas

Having working fire alarms doesn’t necessarily reduce the risk of an accident but it increases the chances of escape should something go wrong.

Not leaving a gas hob unattended and ensuring that candles and cigarettes are fully extinguished reduces the risk of fire.

Meanwhile all gas appliances must be serviced every year by law to ensure they are working to a safe standard.

Carbon monoxide gas can be emitted by a faulty appliance and is arguably the most dangerous gas as it is both colourless and odourless. However, these dangers can be detected by the installation of a carbon monoxide alarm.

The dangers of electricity

Government figures show that more than 20,000 fires a year – almost half of all accidental UK house fires – are caused by electricity.

Each year, around 70 people are killed and 350,000 injured in some form or another due to an electrical accident.

As the number of gadgets in homes increases, so does the risk of fire, meaning more care than ever before needs to be taken.

Not overloading plug sockets reduces risk, as does ensuring any heating devices are not covered. Ensuring electrical devices do not come into contact with water is also important.

Making an injury claim

Every year we’re contacted at Lampkin & Co by people seeking advice about making a claim for an injury they sustained in an accident in their own home. This is actually a difficult scenario and in most cases there is no other party to hold liable and therefore we’re unable to pursue a claim on behalf of the victim. On occasion a client has been in a position where they have been able to hold someone else to account for their injuries and a claim has been made but it’s something we’d always recommend you seek advice about.

Stay safe and remember home accidents have the potential to affect not only for those in the home, but also those around it.

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